HOUSTON — A Landis Elementary School teacher is accused of punching an unruly second grader after throwing the boy out of class, and the incident was captured on video, according to Alief Independent School District police.
Lisa Allison, 48, has been charged with felony injury to child.
According to court documents, on Oct. 12, Allison asked the boy to leave her classroom for being disruptive and followed him into the hallway. What happened next was captured on the school’s surveillance footage.
Video shows the boy standing in the hallway. He then sat on the floor and was getting his backpack when Allison bent over and said something to him. The boy stood up, grabbed his backpack and was beginning to walk off when the teacher grabbed his hand.
The boy is seen struggling to get away while Allison grabbed hold of him by his upper back, near his neck. She then punched him with a closed fist on the right side of his face. Investigators said she pushed the child to the floor, then sat on top of him — with her knee in his back — to hold him there.
Other administrators arrived and told Allison to get off the boy, and the boy was escorted to the office.
When questioned, the boy explained that the trouble started when Allison ordered him to get out of her classroom. He said when he went into the hallway, she walked out and said “I’m tired of you,” then grabbed him and punched him.
Allison said she made the boy leave class because he was making noises. She admitted holding him down on the floor, but said she did not recall hitting him.
After reviewing the evidence on video, authorities moved forward with pressing charges against the teacher. Allison’s bail was set at $10,000.